Jewish Children's Literature in Russian and Yiddish

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Jewish Children's Literature in Russian and Yiddish

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 22 June 2021

 6–7pm BST

 Online

 Free, book in advance via the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

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About the event

Join scholars, archivists, and curators to explore the rich world of Jewish children’s literature in pre-WWII Europe. This webinar outlines the contours of this body of work and discusses its features through the collections of the Bodleian Library and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

Scholar Miriam Udel (Emory) speaks about children's literature written in Yiddish which flourished in the early 20th century as a variety of new Yiddish language school systems educated a generation of Jewish children in Yiddish. Scholar Catriona Kelly (Oxford) presents work by important Russian Jewish authors and illustrators in the Bodleian Library’s Opie Collection, including Samuil Marshak, Natalia Sats, Nina Simonovich-Efimova, and David Shterenberg. YIVO's Director of Archives Stefanie Halpern and the Bodleian's Curator César Merchan-Hamann will close the program by showing colorful and handsomely illustrated examples from the two collections.

The event is co-presented by YIVO and the Bodleian Libraries.

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